west·bound | \ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of westbound 

: traveling or heading west

Examples of westbound in a Sentence

Traffic in the westbound lane is backing up.

Recent Examples on the Web

The closure will allow the DOT to install a high-friction surface treatment near the westbound bridge. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Work on Highway 16 will close westbound lanes near Sawyer Road this weekend," 10 July 2018 Tolls also will rise on the westbound Delaware River Bridge in Bucks County, which has not seen an increase since 2016. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 6% in 2019," 3 July 2018 The shooting ended what authorities called a back and forth, mutual road rage chase that started on the westbound Crescent City Connection bridge and continued for five miles to the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard in Terrytown. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Ronald Gasser asks court to reconsider sentence in Joe McKnight killing," 28 Aug. 2017 Later this month, officials will begin a series of road closures and traffic diversions to buy working room to replace the westbound side of the bridge; the eastbound side was replaced last summer. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Commonwealth Avenue bridge project returns in late July," 11 July 2018 The crash was reported shortly after 6:20 a.m. in the westbound lanes near Fairbanks Avenue, officials said. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando traffic: Crash slows I-4 in north Orange," 13 July 2018 Crews are closing off the westbound lane of Fern Valley Road. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Two water main breaks could affect rush hour traffic," 12 July 2018 Continue to the Loop 610 service road, then re-enter the westbound lanes. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Interstate 10, Loop 610, Gulf Freeway closures mean travel could be difficult starting July 13," 13 July 2018 Those orange traffic barrels distracting your commute from westbound Interstate 90 to northbound Interstate 5 are part of a multimillion-dollar project to repair sections of roadway. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Revive I-5: Why you see traffic barrels blocking a lane even when there’s no active construction," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of westbound

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of westbound

: going toward the west


west·bound | \ˈwest-ˌbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of westbound

: going west a westbound train

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